2015-2016 Academic Catalog

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Legal Statements

The provisions of this publication are not to be regarded as the irrevocable terms of the contract between the student and Fuller Theological Seminary. Changes are effected from time to time in the general regulations and in the academic requirements. There are established procedures for making changes, procedures which protect the seminary’s integrity and the individual student’s interest and welfare.

Nondiscrimination

Fuller Theological Seminary is committed to providing and modeling a learning, working, living, and community environment that is free of unlawful discrimination in all of its policies, practices, procedures, and programs. This commitment extends to the seminary’s administration of its educational policies, admissions, employment, educational programs, and activities. In keeping with this commitment, the seminary does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, military and veteran status, medical condition, physical disability, mental disability, genetic characteristics,  citizenship,  gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, or age.

The seminary’s Policy Against Unlawful Discrimination covers access to, and treatment and employment in, Fuller Seminary’s programs and activities. You can find the complete text of the policy on the Fuller website at http://www.fuller.edu/about/mission-and-values/community-standards(7)/.

Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct

Fuller Theological Seminary also has a Policy Against Sexual Harassment, as well as a Policy Against Sexual Misconduct. Fuller Theological Seminary expects that the dignity of all people, female and male, will be revered and celebrated in behavior, attitude, and the use of language by each member of the seminary community. This expectation is grounded in the belief that Scripture affirms mutuality and care for the other, explicitly forbids behavior which arises from the abuse of power, and teaches that men and women together are created in God’s image and for God’s glory. The seminary is therefore committed to creating and maintaining a community in which students, faculty, administrators/managers, and staff can study and work together in an atmosphere free of all forms of harassment, exploitation, or intimidation, including sexual harassment and sexual misconduct.

You can find the complete text of these policies on the Fuller website at http://www.fuller.edu/about/mission-and-values/community-standards(6)/.

Retaliation

Fear of retaliation should not hinder the reporting of an incident of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, or unlawful discrimination. The seminary strictly prohibits retaliation against a member of the Fuller community who opposes the practices prohibited by these policies against sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and unlawful discrimination, who brings forth a complaint, against whom a complaint is brought, or who otherwise is a participant in a complaint resolution process. Fuller’s Policy Against Retaliation applies to all members of the seminary community, including students, faculty, administrators/managers, staff-level employees, and trustees.

Title IX

“No person in the United States, shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance…” Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX).

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits discrimination based on gender in educational programs that receive federal financial assistance. Programs and activities that may be included are admissions, recruitment, financial aid, academic programs, athletics, housing, and employment. Title IX also protects men and women from unlawful sexual harassment in school programs and activities. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, and sexual exploitation.

Sexual misconduct can be committed by men or women and it can occur between people of the same or different sex.  The Seminary considers sexual misconduct in any form to be a serious violation of the Christ-like conduct expected from all members of its community.  This policy applies to any on-campus conduct and any off-campus conduct that affects the learning experience of students or the campus climate.

Retaliation

Fear of retaliation should not hinder the reporting of an incident of sexual harassment, sexualmisconduct, or unlawful discrimination. The seminary strictly prohibits retaliation against a member of the Fuller community who opposes the practices prohibited by these policies against sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and unlawful discrimination, who brings forth a complaint, against whom a complaint is brought, or who otherwise is a participant in a complaint resolution process. Fuller’s Policy Against Retaliation applies to all members of the seminary community, including students, faculty, administrators/managers, staff-level employees, and trustees.

Accessibility

The seminary recognizes its obligation to provide overall program accessibility for persons with disabilities. To obtain information as to the existence and location of services, activities, and facilities that are accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities, contact the Access Services Office, 130 N. Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101.

Inquiries and Complaints

Inquiries regarding Fuller’s Policy Against Unlawful Discrimination, Policy Against Sexual Harassment, Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Policy Against Retaliation, Statements of Community Standards, filing of a complaint pertaining to discrimination or sexual harassment or sexual misconduct or retaliation or violations of Community Standards, or requests for copies of the seminary’s complaint procedures, should be directed to the Dean of Students , (626) 584-5370, 130 N. Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101.

Inquiries regarding Title IX, Title VI, and Section 504 should be directed to the Director of Institutional Policy Compliance and Title IX Administrator (Title IX, Title VI and Section 504 Coordinator), (626) 584-5357, tlewis@fuller.edu, 250 N. Madison Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101.

Inquiries regarding Federal laws and regulations concerning nondiscrimination in education or the seminary’s compliance with those provisions may also be directed to:
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
50 United Nations Plaza, Room 239
San Francisco, CA 94102

Arizona Complaints

If a student complaint at the Arizona regional campus cannot be resolved after exhausting the Institution’s grievance procedure, the student may file a complaint with the Arizona State Board for Private Post-Secondary Education. The student must contact the State Board for further details.  The State Board address is:
1400 W. Washington, Room 260
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602/542-5709
Website: http://www.azppse.gov

Crime Statistics

In accordance with federal regulations, information on campus crime statistics is made available annually on request to all enrolled students and employees, and is provided on request to all applicants for admission or employment. Additional copies are available on request from the Security Office, the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of Admissions, or the Office of Human Resources, and may be found on the Fuller website at http://www.fuller.edu/About/Institutional-Reports-and-Documents/Student-Right-to-Know-and-Consumer-Information/.

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